Office: Room A333, LGRC
Office Hours: Monday 1:30-2:30 and Wednesday, 3:45 - 4:45 pm, Room A333, or by appointment
Phone: (413) 577 0850
Fax: (413) 545 1249
Email: shenoy [at] cs.umass.edu
Contents: This course provides an in-depth examination of the principles of distributed systems in general, and distributed operating systems in particular. Covered topics include processes and threads, concurrent programming, distributed interprocess communication, distributed process scheduling, virtualization, distributed file systems, security in distributed systems, distributed middleware and applications such as the web and peer-to-peer systems. Some coverage of operating system principles for multiprocessors will also be included. A brief overview of advanced topics such as cloud computing, green computing, and mobile computing will be provided, time permitting.
Prerequisites: Students should be able to easily program in a high-level language such as java, C++ or python , have had a course on data structures, be familiar with elements of computer architecture and have had previous exposure to the operating system concepts of processes, virtual memory, and scheduling. A previous course on uniprocessor operating systems (e.g., CMPSCI 377) will be helpful but not required.
Moodle: We will use moodle for homework and lab submssions and online quizzes. Solutions and grades to individual assignments and labs will also be posted on moodle.
Class participation I strongly encourage participation in the class through Q&A and discussion. This can be done in two ways: by asking/answering questions or participating in discussions in the lectures (for section 1 students) and by asking/ answering questions or participating in discussions in the Piazza online forums (for section 1 and 2 students). A small portion of the grade is allocated for class participation.
While lectures will be recorded and made available to all students, section 1 students are strongly encouraged to come to the lectures on a regular basis. There will be in-class quizzes for section 1 students from time to time. Section 1 students who miss a significant number of lectures will be disqualified from receiving class participation points.
Laptops, tablets, phones and electronic device policy Cell phones should be switched off or put on slient alert during class lectures. Texting or using phones for other purposes (e.g, email, social media, web browsing) during class is strictly prohibited.
Laptops and tablets are NOT permitted during lectures. The use of such devices in class tends to be a distraction and hampers learning. Please respect this policy by not using laptops or tablets during the lecture.
Any student with an electronic device that disrupts the class or violates this policy will lose two (2) points from their final grade.
Copyright notice: Many of the materials created for this course are the intellectual property of the instructor. This includes, but is not limited to, the syllabus, lectures, lecture videos, podcasts, and course notes. Except to the extent not protected by copyright law, any use, distribution or sale of such materials requires the permission of the instructor. Please be aware that it is a violation of university policy to reproduce, for distribution or sale, class lectures or class notes, unless copyright has been explicitly waived by the faculty member.